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Canada established diplomatic relations with Mauritius in 1968 following the latter’s independence. Canada is represented by an Honorary Consul in Port Louis, Mauritius, and by a High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa. Mauritius maintains a High Commission in Washington, D.C.
Canada and Mauritius maintain positive bilateral relations, anchored in shared interests and common memberships in the Commonwealth, La Francophonie and the United Nations. Canada and Mauritius also cooperate on important issues such as the environment, climate change action and good governance. Canada has pledged to support vulnerable countries most affected by climate change, including Mauritius and other Small Island Developing States. There is a large Mauritian diaspora in Canada (primarily in the Greater Toronto area) and, in 2017, Canadian parliamentarians established the Canada-Mauritius Parliamentary Friendship Group.
In 2022, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Mauritius totaled $34.7 million, consisting of $9.5 million in exports from Canada, and $25.2 million in imports from Mauritius. Mauritius presents opportunities for Canadians in the education sector (with an increasing number of Mauritians studying in Canada), cleantech, as well as in information and communication technologies.
Mauritius benefits from Canadian international assistance through Canada’s support to key multilateral and regional organizations active in the country, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the African Union. Local organizations can also receive assistance from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, which has funded projects in recent years focused on climate change and the environment, gender equality and governance.
Partnerships and organizations
To develop effective responses to today’s most pressing global challenges, Canada and Mauritius work closely in multilateral fora, such as:
- La Francophonie
- International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- International Criminal Court (ICC)
- United Nations (UN)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
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